Friday, April 24, 2015

The Mommy Wars: Stay at home or Go to work

When my brother and I were little, my Mom was a stay at home mom (thanks, Mom!). When we got older, she got a job to provide for us (thanks, Mom!). And even though she wasn't home after school or couldn't be around to make dinner every night, we turned out fine. We knew we were loved.

Now that I am a mom, I read debates about these choices all the time: Is it better to be a stay at home mom or a working mom? Stay at home mothers explain that they don't want to miss out on their children's lives and that they often gave up a career because their children are more important to them. Working moms talk about the pressures of work life balance and not having one aspect of their lives define them as a woman. To shut down any arguments, most people contend it is a personal choice and there is no one right answer.

But for many women, it isn't even a choice: They have to work so their children will be taken care of. Their paychecks put food on the table. And sometimes when we get caught up in our discussions about what a Mom should do for their children, we forget that.

So here's a toast to Moms - stay-at-home, career-oriented and everything in between - and the amazing way they take care of their children.

What do you want to praise another Mom for? Leave your shoutout in the comments.


  1. Since I starting blogging, I have encountered so many amazing women from all walks of life. They love their children and do the best to make their lives good…and that's really all that matters.